Police: Man Threatened Daughter With Knife Over Missing Energy Drink

Edwin Alan Hoffman, 46, is also accused of choking his daughter after he couldn’t find the beverage.

A Hopkins man is in jail following accusations that he threatened his 15-year-old daughter with a knife and choked her after he couldn’t find his energy drink, according to charging documents released Friday.

learned of the incident after responding to a report of a domestic assault at 2:47 p.m. Tuesday on 21st Avenue North, Police Officer Raymond Laudenbach wrote in the charging documents.

Upon officers’ arrival, a girl “who appeared to be in great distress” yelled to police that her father had choked her and pulled her shirt.

She said her father, 46-year-old Edwin Alan Hoffman, had asked her where his Monster Energy Drink was. When she told him she didn’t know, he got mad and allegedly pulled out a pocketknife and pointed it at her chest.

“You Wanna go? You Wanna go? I’ll make sure you’re not living afterward!” she quoted her father.

She said she was afraid and ran to a nearby friend’s house. Once inside, she heard Hoffman banging on the door and demanding that she come out. When she eventually opened it partway, Hoffman pushed the door open and entered the home.

She said he pushed her against the wall and grabbed her throat so hard that she “could hardly breathe.”

She tried to get away but Hoffman allegedly grabbed her necklace and sweatshirt, tearing the sweatshirt in the process, according to the court documents. She kneed him in the groin. Hoffman left the home, and the girl locked the door.

But she said he came back five minutes later, again demanding to speak with her. When no one opened the door, he kicked on the screen door and broke the glass panel at the bottom of the door, according to court documents. He also reportedly banged on the main door with the tip of his knife.

The daughter’s friend said she saw Hoffman choke his daughter then grab her necklace and sweatshirt. Officers also noted that the daughter had red marks on her neck and the door was damaged.

In an interview with police, Hoffman complained about someone stealing his Monster Energy Drinks.

The report also notes the following exchange from the interview: “(Hoffman said,) ‘I don’t give a [expletive] about the police. I’ll discipline you my way, the way I was disciplined when I was a kid. Drop your drawers, bend over.’ Then Defendant violently slapped his hands together and said, ‘Whip that ass.’”

Hoffman has been charged with second-degree assault, a felony carries a prison sentence of 366 days to seven years and a $4,200 to $14,000 fine. He’s also been charged with felony domestic assault by strangulation, which carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

He’s being held in Hennepin County jail on $50,000 bail.


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Christine Hirsch August 18, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Strangling your child over a missing beverage (or for any reason) is not discipline, it is abuse. I hope this man gets the maximum sentence, and is never given back custody of his daughter. Hopefully, this girl will find a new family who will be able to raise her in a loving, supportive environment.


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